For round four of the 2018 SG Petch Championship at Teesside we raced on the smaller national circuit without either the front "D" chicane or the seldom used back D. Beautiful June weather and plenty of grip left over from last week's drift racing helped give us close racing with some of the usual contenders for victory seen in the midfield.
Heavy Race 1: Dale Proud's first pole
Qualifying for race 1 provided a great mixed up grid with usual contender Cameron McLean qualifying 21st and Dale Proud taking his first pole. Despite the unusual look of the grid Dale was at the front of the pack on merit with good race pace finishing race one 3rd behind Dawson who won from 6th and Silkstone from 2nd. It's good to see Dale up there. We've been equal on pace and racing close together most races for years now. I drew a good kart, number 13, qualified 13th and finished 13th. Although this isn't where I want to be it's an improvement on last year. Just making the top 15 reverse grid beats the whole of last year. Kart 13 had good straight line speed and felt loose; It was easy to get it turned in despite lacking a little grip. A great all-round kart!
Heavy Race 2: Kimmins gains EXP
I had a great start from 3rd to 2nd off the line and had a faster kart than Cameron McLean who was starting 1st. I just couldn't get past; had I been more assertive I would've took the lead. I never realised at the time that I was racing Cameron McLean who usually starts race two around 15th because of the reverse grid. I don't feel too bad in retrospect about Cameron increasing the lead from me in second. What's bad is I finished 11th. In an eventful race that I loved been part of it's not something I'm going to dwell on. I just need to keep ahold of my position when racing near the front and move forward instead of backwards. 5th to 10th on lap 17.
I gained my EXP points while in 5th for 10 laps following kart 1, looking at the time sheets I was following Jamie Henderson. I tend to be on or off with the throttle, all or nothing. Partly because there isn't much in-between with karts such as these, partly a lack of finesse. Keeping close to Jamie we where catching the three leaders and I could hear the throttle on the kart in front. I tend to keep my foot down and use the steering angle to either scrub off speed by turning sharply; or on the corner exit I might plant the throttle on the apex and run wide through the exit to give the kart a chance to build up speed. My intention in creating this technique is to keep the revs up and momentum high thought the corners but I can see I need to work on the basic principles. I was copying Jamie's technique from what I could hear; power on smoothly from the apex, not too fast into the corners. I need to take another look at the basic principles. A good positive result with another fast kart.
Light Race 1: There's a GIF made just for Karl Parkin's win
Light Race 2: Well earned win for Paul Clarke
Race two of lights was great to watch; I think this is Paul's first win and he worked hard for it. The reverse grid gave us two battles for the race win. From the front of the grid Matthew Brayne, with Paul Clarke and Ben Stuart fighting for the lead. The fighting allowed the leaders from race one to move through the top ten and close on the leaders. Adam Delmont was closing fast while battling with Ashley Savidge; the two of them dragged each other up through the pack while the winner of race 1 Karl Parkin was surprisingly unable to move forward from 15th. From the lead battle Ben Stuart retired while Paul Clarke opened a gap from early leader Matthew Brayne. As the laps ticked down Adam and Ashley caught Matthew for second and third but where unable to challenge Paul Clarke taking, I'm 99% sure, his first win in the SG Petch.
Heavyweight Round 4 Result (top 5)
1st #117 Andy Dawson 170 points
2nd #106 Jamie Henderson 165 points
3rd #123 Paul White 157 points
4th #182 Chris Cutler 155 points
5th #144 Wayne Clark 147 points
14th #169 James Kimmins 100 points
Lightweight Round 4 Result (top 5)
1st #28 Ross O'Meara 175 points
2nd #5 Adam Delmont 175 points
3rd #14 Ashley Savidge 156 points
4th #19 Ben Thornton 145 points
5th #211 Robson Jenkins 145 points
Owen Burton is leading the Lightweight Championship from Ben Thornton. Looks like a very open season, although, with Adam Delmont missing one round so far and three strong results he'll move forward from third come the dropped rounds. Never write-off Karl Parkin from fourth.
Despite a poor (by his standards) result today Cameron McLean leads the Heavyweight Championship by a clear margin of 66 points. A single race win is 100 points so half way through the season this is a tough lead for Liam Silkstone and Jamie Henderson to close.
Round 5 is Sunday morning 8th July at Teesside Karting TS6 6XH. The championship is open to all levels of experience with a Clubmans Championship to help introduce new blood to the championship. Costs the same as an Ironman event you might do with the lads from work once in a while but with one big difference; this is real, challenging racing. The link is "here" if you want to join us. Perfect opportunity to race on the international circuit before the British 24hrs